bptw is delighted to announce that Thrale Almshouses are officially open following a ceremony on Sunday afternoon overseen by Labour MP Chuka Umunna. The project included the redevelopment of 8 pre-existing listed Almshouses as well as 9 spacious new build flats, all of which were specifically designed for women over the age of 60. Beverly Jarrett, Almhouse resident, commented, “I feel like I’m at home, the design, everything is just really good.”
The unique housing scheme for Relief in Need Charity and Thrale Charity has been designed around the concept of community; each individual home shares views of the central garden, which includes allotment style raised planting bed areas for residents to enjoy.
Approved for planning in July 2013 and shortlisted in the Housing Design Awards 2014, the refurbishment and extension to the Almshouses have been welcomed by residents. Umunna commented, “The wonderful thing is to see so many happy residents who are all just beaming, you can really identify who lives here.”
Julia Shelley, a Thrale trustee said, “We’ve not only increased the number of homes we can provide; they’re much better quality and we’re really proud of having achieved that. A big thank you to bptw who were the original architects who had the vision. Everyone keeps saying they look just like on those originals drawings, which I always thought was the idea, but they really are, down to the colour of the windows and the frames, which just looks perfect.”